Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site MNR04: Hone Quarry Recreation Area
Elevation: 1933 ft. This recreation area sits on Hone Quarry Run, which runs down through the Hone Quarry Reservoir and back behind the picnic area. The presence of water combined with lush white pine and hemlock forest supports a variety of wildlife. The addition of large open fields around the reservoir further diversifies the habitats to be explored. Visitors should search for water birds such as great blue and green herons and belted kingfisher on the reservoir. The wildlife on the lake should be exceptionally plentiful during migration and in winter when the lake can support a variety of waterfowl. The edges of the lake are worth searching for sunning eastern painted turtles while the banks should be checked for a variety of damselflies as well as red-spotted purple and spicebush swallowtail. The fields surrounding the lake are perfect habitat for indigo bunting, American goldfinch, and chipping sparrow, which seem to appear on almost every suitable perch. Ruby-throated hummingbirds can be seen flitting amongst the flowers. Around the recreation area the pines and hemlocks support pileated woodpecker, eastern wood-pewee, white-breasted nuthatch and red-eyed vireo.
From Switzer Lake, return to US 33 and turn right, heading east, on US 33 for about 12.1 miles to Rt. 613. Turn right on Rt. 613 South and continue 4.2 miles to its intersection with SR 257. Head west on SR 257 for 5.0 miles to FR 62. Turn right onto FR 62 and travel 1.4 miles to the recreation area on the left; continue 1.1 miles to the lake.